World No.10 Iran, strengthened by star spikers who competed in the recent World League Intercontinental Round Group 1 including Vadi Muhamadtoher, Hamzeh Zarini, Mostafa Sharifat and Purya Favazi Damnabi, opened up aggressively, with Hamzeh Zarini producing explosive cross-court spikes to help the host side take the first set without much trouble 25-13. Kuwait fought back in the second set but still lost their touch at the final assault to go down hard-fought 22-25. Iran continued their exceptional performance to capture the third set 25-13 and the match.
Masoud R. Gholami scored a match-high 13 points for Iran including four ace serves and two effective blocks, while Almutawa led Kuwait with nine points.
Iran’s coach Peyman Akbari commented after the match, “First of all, I would like to congratulate Kuwait for their impressive form against us. I did not expect them to play such high quality. They were good at reception. This is our first step. We need more times to adapt ourselves to the tournament. We will do our best to get the best result.”
Kuwait’s coach Radovan Malevic said, “I do not want to talk about the problems, but I did have five of my players who suffer from their injuries. All I try to do is to increase the level of the team. We are not looking for a miracle in this tournament. We have to admit that Iran are technically higher than us.”
Statistic : Daily Bulletin Day1